ab·​sor·​ben·​cy | \əb-ˈsȯr-bən(t)-sē, -ˈzȯr-\
plural absorbencies

Definition of absorbency 

1 : the quality or state of being absorbent

2 or absorbancy : absorbance

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Hydrocotton, Microcotton, Aerocotton, etc.: brand names of manufacturing processes (not to be confused with actual types of cotton) to help increase softness and absorbency. 3. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Find the Best Bath Towels," 19 Jan. 2018 The key to its effectiveness is in the design — a number of layers, each having different speeds of absorbency, Howard said. Diane Mastrull, Philly.com, "Dignity in incontinence? This Philly-area start-up thinks it has the (secret) formula," 21 Mar. 2018 Now, the Food and Drug Administration requires that manufacturers use a set system for measuring tampon absorbency so as not to get into dangerous territory. Korin Miller, SELF, "Can I Really Not Sleep With a Tampon in During My Period?," 23 Jan. 2018 This recycled toilet paper from Seventh Generation average absorbency and softness scores in comparison tests, though consumer testers rated it as rough during usage testing. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Seventh Generation 100% Recycled Bathroom Tissue," 31 Aug. 2017 Yes, the laundry detergent-esque pour to prove absorbency (as Fey described it) has long been a staple of commercials selling feminine hygiene products. Maggie Mallon, Glamour, "This Commercial Actually Shows Period Blood for the First Time—and That's a Huge Deal," 18 Oct. 2017 Advocates are also concerned about pesticide residues that can be found in nonorganic cotton in pads or tampons, as well as adhesive chemicals used in pads or other additives used to improve absorbency. Michael Alison Chandler, Washington Post, "‘How do I know my tampons are safe?’: More women push for detailed labels on feminine care products," 20 June 2017 To reduce your risk, the Mayo Clinic advises using the lowest-absorbency possible and changing tampons at least every four to eight hours. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Teen Was Hours From Death After Getting Toxic Shock Syndrome," 26 Apr. 2017 One imagines that speechwriter and advisor Stephen Miller, articulator of many of Donald Trump’s clearest expressions of nationalism over globalism, has been encountering similar non-absorbency. T.a. Frank, The Hive, "Can Trump Bomb His Way into Washington’s Heart?," 8 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of absorbency

circa 1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for absorbency

absorb(ent) + -ency

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ab·​sor·​ben·​cy | \əb-ˈsȯr-bən-sē, -ˈzȯr-\

Kids Definition of absorbency

: the quality or state of being able to draw in or soak up


ab·​sor·​ben·​cy | \əb-ˈsȯr-bən-sē, -ˈzȯr- \
plural absorbencies

Medical Definition of absorbency 

1 : the quality or state of being absorbent

2 or absorbancy \ -​bən-​sē \ : absorbance

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